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AELP response to the Ofsted annual report

Date published: 04.12.2018

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On 4 December, the Chief Inspector published her annual report for 2017-18. She reported that 78% of independent training providers are currently judged to be good or outstanding. This figure is a 3 point drop on last year but it includes new providers and employers, and the decrease is explained by the report stating that “We judged nearly two thirds of the ILPs (including employer providers) being inspected for the first time as requires improvement or inadequate”. AELP CEO Mark Dawe comments:

AELP calls for full open debate after government agency admits there is no unspent apprenticeship levy

Date published: 04.12.2018

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On 3 December, FE Week reported on a presentation in which a senior representative of the Institute for Apprenticeships included a slide with the projected costs of apprenticeship starts in England this year and for each year up to and including 2020-21. The paper estimated from the slide that the levy budget is set to be overspent by £0.5 billion this year, rising to £1.5 billion during 2021-22 and the IfA gave the paper the following statement on the presentation slide: “It highlighted that

Autumn Budget 2018

Date published: 05.11.2018

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After strong lobbying by AELP, the chancellor’s autumn budget on 29 October contained a welcome announcement that the employer co-investment rate for taking on apprentice is being halved to 5%. Confirmation of the date of implementation for this measure will follow in due course. In response, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said, ““This is a major and positive shift which AELP has been pushing hard for since before the levy was introduced and it should enable providers to work with smaller businesses

AELP statement on the funding of Further Education

Date published: 10.10.2018

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In advance of Colleges Week on 15-19 October, AELP CEO Mark Dawe has made the following statement:

AELP’s skills strategy for a post-Brexit Britain

Date published: 03.10.2018

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Alongside an article by Education Secretary Damian Hinds in the Conservative conference issue of House magazine, AELP had published a one-page advertorial on what a post-Brexit skills strategy should comprise. The strategy covers apprenticeships, traineeships, level 2 provision, adult skills budget and T levels and it can be read here.

Proposed cuts in funding bands of apprenticeship standards

Date published: 20.08.2018

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Both the sector press and social media have begun reporting the apparent outcomes of the Institute for Apprenticeships’ review of the funding bands of 31 apprenticeship standards. AELP has also seen correspondence indicating that management, customer service and hair professional standards are facing significant cuts in their funding bands. Commenting on this, AELP chief policy officer Simon Ashworth said:

ESFA announcement on apprenticeship service transition

Date published: 09.08.2018

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The Education and Skills Funding Agency announced on 9 August that all employers would not be able to use the apprenticeship service to access apprenticeship funding from April 2019 as previously planned. To ensure a more gradual and stable transition, the Agency will instead extend current contracts for training providers delivering training for employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy for 12 months, from April 2019 to March 2020.

Lessons to be learnt from Carillion apprentice redundancies

Date published: 01.08.2018

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AELP has reacted with disappointment to the news this week that 341 Carillion apprentices are being made redundant and will lose their wage support. Since the construction giant collapsed in January, 777 apprentices have been found new jobs via a CITB support scheme established by the government. In response to the news, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said: “CITB have undoubtedly worked hard to safeguard the futures of as many apprentices they can but in our view it was always going to be a huge ask for

AELP National Conference - video and summary

Date published: 25.07.2018

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A quick reminder if I may of the video of our Summer conference – our biggest yet, and the video really captures the atmosphere and the “buzz” of the place – do check it out here. Alternatively you may like to have a look at the summary of the 2018 Summer Conference kindly produced in association with our patrons at Innovate Awarding and LearnBox – available here.

‘Ministers need to respond to latest crash in apprenticeship starts’

Date published: 14.06.2018

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The latest monthly apprenticeship start numbers for March 2018 (23,900) have been published today showing a 52% fall in total starts in comparison with March last year. Starts for the year 2017-18 so far are down 28% on a year ago. Based on the latest quarterly total for January-March 2018 of 76,500 starts, AELP now estimates that 206,000 starts per quarter are now needed until the end of March 2020 in order for the government to achieve its 3 million starts manifesto commitment.

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